Age, Bone Mass Predict Fracture Risk
Study of Postmenopausal Women Shows Depression May Also Be a Risk Factor
New Targets for Prevention
"This is a big study with lots of patients that can give us
guidance," says Eric Ruderman, MD, an associate professor of medicine at
the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago.
"Ultimately, osteoporosis is not the problem -- fractures are the
problem. And to the extent that this gives us other targets for fracture
prevention, it's helpful," Ruderman tells WebMD.
"It's a wake-up call," he says. "We need to make sure women are
getting their calcium and vitamin D [and] doing weight-bearing
The bottom line is that "we need to make sure that if there are risk
factors that can be modified, they are being modified," says Ruderman.